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THEATER: Funkface's Luqman Brown in "Caligula Maximus"

Funkface/Mackie Riverside/Dope Sagittarius frontman and Primordial Punk co-founder Luqman Brown is currently flexing his acting chops in an off-Broadway production called Caligula Maximus, which takes place during the final party thrown by the depraved Roman emperor.  Luqman tells me: "I'm a main character [Sulla], the Peanut vendor who is the foreteller of doom for Caligula […]

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Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (the Hood Opera)

Tomorrow marks the first of three preview performances of Sweet Sweetback's Baadasssss Song (the Hood Opera), Melvin Van Peebles' (above) musical adaptation of his groundbreaking 1971 film of the same name.  The musical was originally scheduled for only two previews–on February 3rd and 4th–but due to overwhelming demand a third performance has been added for […]

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SXSW update: 2 Afro-Punk shows: Big Boi, Dallas Austin, K'naan + much more!

THURSDAY, MARCH 19 Uh, just to be clear, this is Big Boi with a LIVE BAND and Dallas Austin with a LIVE BAND.  The whole lineup is heat. SATURDAY, MARCH 21

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Labelle @ The Beacon: Photos & Tweets

Great to see Labelle on Thursday.  This isn't really at full fledged review, just me pulling together some Tweets I did from the show. Damn! Didn't realize Hal Jackson is 93. He looks great! Gotta give it to Labelle, they all look great. And it's clear that Patti is used to being the center of […]

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VIDEO: Janelle Monae @ Skybar in LA–2/7/09

Plain ol' R&B singers don't have swagger like this: Here's a Black woman who's not afraid to get her hair wet!

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More weekend happenings in NYC: I-Crisis @ Underscore

SATURDAY, OCTOBER 13 I-CrisisUnderscore1733 1st Ave, btwn 89 & 90th below Bar EastNYC11PM showtimeAdmission: $8 Almost every show I go to, I run into Soul Product and he’s always telling me about his band.  Unfortunately, I often find myself double booked with something else, so I’ve not been able to check out I-Crisis yet.  Although, […]

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Get your calendars out: Black rock for the rest of the week

It’s late, so I’m going to try to make this quick.  There are a lot of shows happening, but here are the three I’m going to do my best to make.  And it all gets started later tonight: THURSDAY, OCTOBER 11 Jerome Jordan Mo Pitkin’s House of Satisfaction34 Avenue A between 2nd & 3rd Streets8:00PM […]

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PREVIEW: BRC Birthday Tribute to James Brown–5/3

p5rn7vb If you’re looking to get your live music fix before the weekend, check out the Black Rock Coalition Orchestra’s birthday tribute to the Godfather of Soul this Thursday, May 3 at Joe’s Pub in NYC.  Joe’s Pub is located at 425 Lafayette Street New York, NY 10003 212-539-8777 (2 shows 9:30pm & 11:30pm) The […]

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